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New LinkedIn feature ranks your popularity — just what we all need

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If you’re like me, you burn to know how popular you are on LinkedIn and how you match up, popularity-wise, against your peers. Actually I’ve never wondered this, but LinkedIn seems to want me to now.

The professional social networking site has launched a new feature called How You Rank; it’s presented as an additional tab on the “Who’s viewed your profile” page. There, you’ll see how many times your profile page has been viewed, and a ranking. For instance, mine tells me that I rank 85th in page views among the 306 people in my network, or in the top 28th percentile.

Pretty good, right? Not good enough, says LinkedIn. The whole right side of the page is filled with inspirational (LinkedIn’s word) ideas for generating more page views and pushing up my ranking. I’m advised to make more posts, join more groups, update my profile, etc.

Screen shot of LinkedIn's new How You Rank page.

Above: Screen shot of LinkedIn’s new How You Rank page.

Image Credit: LinkedIn

The left side of the page shows the master ranking of the most viewed people in your network. The real movers and shakers! If this doesn’t make you burn with envy, LinkedIn ratchets it up a notch by displaying the ranking of the people in your company who have the most views. Dave the sales manager has more page views than me?!? Game on.

It feels like LinkedIn is trying to inject a little competition into networking experience. Is the service getting gamified? Do I get a badge if I win? Well, no.

The real point of How You Rank is apparently to generate more interest around the Who Viewed Me page. LinkedIn will tell you a few of the people who have viewed your profile, but then tries to temp you to buy a Premium account to view the whole list.

At any rate, the new How You Rank feature will roll out to all English speaking users by end of day Wednesday, a LinkedIn spokeswoman told me.

I don’t think I’ll ever be the most popular person in my network. I’ll have to live with that. Is “most congenial” still available?

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36 comments
SBR Technologies
SBR Technologies

It's really a welcome move for LinkedIn, waiting for more upgraded features.

adamjonwilliams
adamjonwilliams

@florentlm yuck! I suck at linkedin, theres no surprises for me there You rank in the top 33% for profile views among your connections

Ajit Rao
Ajit Rao

This is going down faster than anyone imagined

Martin MacDonald
Martin MacDonald

I've never "BURNED" to know anything VentureBeat, I might have "YEARNED" to know something though. Try hiring writers that have an average or above comprehension of the English language in future.

George LeClaire
George LeClaire

Don’t mind because Klout isn’t Klout anymore anyway.

JC Pratt
JC Pratt

This feature is pretty lame. If you are connected to even 1 recruiter (either for hiring, job seeking, or your college roommate is now a recruiter at Twitter/Google), they will best you any day (and should if they are any good). The more of these job types you're connected to the worse your stats will seem. They need to filter this out for a true comparison to be made.

Jeff Wolfers
Jeff Wolfers

I'm a big Linkedin fan.... and like the Who's viewed you feature.

So the ranking is a welcome feature. 

Brian Ortencio
Brian Ortencio

People want to be Cynical all the time. End of the Day, if LINKEDIN helps YOU and YOUR CAREER, more power to YOU, because no one is worried about putting food on your table and a roof over your head. Kudos Stefanie :-)

Stefanie Amini
Stefanie Amini

It means that I will show up more than no. 216 when it comes to relevance and suggesting potential business partners and customers. I guess :)

Stacy Gomez
Stacy Gomez

I don't pay for them to tell me how popular I am... I want my money to go towards fixing the pathetic filter system and export abilities to get to my connections.. They are pandering to job seekers not core users

Jennifer Tackman
Jennifer Tackman

I never liked it. Benefits those with "stretch armstrong" profiles as well as the self-declared social media guru, but I resent being forced by HR departments to use the lousy service.

Stefanie Amini
Stefanie Amini

Yes I'm in the top 15% of my network. Ranked at 215 :) it certainly opens doors.

Dmitry Shapiro
Dmitry Shapiro

This totally makes sense!!! Roderick Chavez Manu Rekhi Remember, Quantified LinkedIn ? ;)

Cory Torrella
Cory Torrella

I think it's fantastic. I've earned 100% of my business from Twitter and LinkedIn.

Srinath Rajaram
Srinath Rajaram

How about asking how popular linkedin is with me? With all the spamming for endorsements, I am sliding away from being a great fan!

ktschoenberg
ktschoenberg

@rabois Ah thk u! I already rank #1 out of 5M for my keywords & score high on hits to my profile..so I'm a happy camper. Good to see though!

Aravinth R
Aravinth R

@fatimap72 No. It's time to start and engage and develop your presence.